The pandemic has brought guitarists lots more time to tinker with tone toys. Here’s what players all over the world have been putting together in their bunkers.

Jim McIntosh: Two Boards are Better than One

My mini board is powered by an InnoGear Guitar Effect Bass Pedalboard Power Supply 10 and the signal chain goes like this:

  1. Kliq TinyTune
  2. JHS Prestige
  3. Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys Fuzz
  4. Wampler Tumnus
  5. MXR M290 Mini Phase 95
  6. Ibanez Analog Delay
  7. TC Electronic Hall of Fame
  8. Electro-Harmonix 5MM Power Amp

My main pedalboard lives in a custom-built box that looks like a Fender amp. I have a second board that is also a custom build, with a mini pedal theme. My amp is a Fender ’68 custom Deluxe Reverb. For power, I use a Donner DP-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply 10 Isolated DC Output for 9V/12V/18V effects pedals and an Electro-Harmonix 32V dedicated to the Q-Tron+.

Here’s my signal chain for the main board:

  1. Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal
  2. Xotic SP Compressor
  3. TC Electronic Polytune 2
  4. Cry Baby Wah
  5. JHS Bonsai 9-Way Screamer
  6. Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer
  7. Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron+
  8. TC Electronic Flashback
  9. Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff
  10. MXR EVH Phase 90
  11. Boss RV-6 Reverb

It’s that time of year, when Premier Guitar readers get the chance to show their pedalboards, and how they use them to create worlds of sound. There’s no wrong way to signal a stomp—the options are virtually endless. Read on to see what players have been cooking up in their COVID guitar bunkers. A few highlights include a completely white-washed mystery pedalboard, a retirement bucket list project from a 62-year-old beginner, an elaborate rackmounted setup made with a goal to streamline pedal-Tetris, and much more. Enjoy!

Multiple modulation modes and malleable voices cement a venerable pedal’s classic status.

Huge range of mellow to immersive modulation sounds. Easy to use. Stereo output. Useful input gain control.

Can sound thin compared to many analog chorus and flange classics.

$149

TC Electronic SCF Gold
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Photo by Chad Kelco

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Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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